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Comment: Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 5, Interesting) 526

by SuperBanana (#47524837) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

That's how a friend's father, an eye surgeon, put it.

It doesn't always go right, and (yes, rarely) it goes very wrong. There are no take-backs with the laser surgeries.

If you must, do the surgery that is reversible - they insert a small piece of plastic that corrects the lens shape.

Comment: You forgot about Chernobyl (Score 1) 230

by SuperBanana (#47491967) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

230,000 were killed by the Banquiao hydroelectric dam disaster.

Not quite. 20,000 were killed in the immediate flooding. The rest were killed in the epidemics, famines, etc that followed.

Even if the worst nuclear accident in history happened EVERY YEAR, it would still be safer than hydroelectric.

If you're going to claim indirect deaths as you did above, then I'm going to claim indirect deaths too.

Chernobyl didn't kill that many people directly/immediately, but it has impacted the health of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. It will continue to do so, for generations. Nuclear disasters never go away.

Where X is 10-100 times larger than Y: Increasing the cancer risks for X people isn't 'better' than immediately wiping Y people off the map.

Comment: There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (Score -1) 230

by SuperBanana (#47491589) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

200+ chemicals found in samples of people's blood:

200+ chemicals found in newborn's umbilical core blood: http://www.scientificamerican....

These chemicals by and large don't go away...and time after time, we find chemicals that were thought to be "safe"...aren't. When are we going to learn that? When are we going to require chemicals be considered dangerous until proven otherwise, instead of the present situation, where chemicals are only later shown to be dangerous once scientists and environmental groups collect a mountain of evidence?

Comment: Dumping (Score 1) 291

by SuperBanana (#47483773) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

" Do you seriously think they are going to produce coal at a loss? "

Yup. One of the ways the coal industry has been fighting "green" technologies? Plunging the price.

The coal industry has a century or two of establishment. They have no startup or R&D costs; everything is amortized; they have a heavily legislative-friendly environment.

Johhny Come Lately Solar And Wind is counting on profits within a certain time period to become profitable.

  All the coal company has to do is undercut them on price long enough to bleed them dry...or endanger investments enough that further investment dries up.

Comment: Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (Score 1) 95

by SuperBanana (#47409183) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them.

Nope, guess again. They're releasing edited versions, not the originals or even direct copies or direct typed copies.

"In accordance with the deposit agreement, the Churchill Archives Centre is opening Mitrokhinâ(TM)s edited Russian-language versions of his original notes.The original manuscript notes and notebooks will remain closed under the terms of the deposit agreement, subject to review."

Also, you have to be a researcher, provide multiple forms of ID, etc.

Oh, and two sections are closed, for undisclosed reasons.

Comment: National Academy is for junk science (Score 1) 130

by SuperBanana (#47345527) Attached to: In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

I am rather surprised that the National Academy published the results of a study which violated multiple ethical guidelines put in place to protect human subjects.

The only real point of being accepted to the National Academy is access to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They don't turn down anything from members.

For NA members, it's where you publish when nobody else will accept your paper.

Comment: Re:Farmers also not sure of the whole sun centered (Score 1) 567

And as we know, farmers are on the cutting edge of science.

Many are, actually, because agricultural science is one area where the government both funds it very well (at least in the US) and there's a lot of work put into practical applications. (Some) farmers are using RTK GPS for tending their fields, robots equipped with vision processing to pick fruit (a piece of fruit's IR reflectivity is an excellent way to judge ripeness) and so on.

I know someone who owns a milk farm. He jokes he's got a "degree in dirt" - but what that means is that he spent four years learning about soil/nutrient management and how to most effectively use his family's most valuable resource.

Now, that said: these guys are idiots. We have more than a hundred thousand years of ice core samples showing climate data. Everything we're collecting now is far off the charts from everything else.

Comment: "doing quite well"? No cash reserves, credit line? (Score 4, Interesting) 59

by SuperBanana (#47340487) Attached to: 2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

"we've been doing quite well overall."

Except for the bit where your business had little cash reserves, and apparently no line of credit?

2600 is a business with plenty of history and should have lots of proof they're doing OK, if that is in fact the case. Getting a line of credit to make up for the lost issue or two shouldn't remotely be a problem...which means one of three things: they're not doing "quite well", they're incompetent, or they are, in fact, trying to take advantage of the community.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by SuperBanana (#47281809) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

What most bike riders don't like to acknowledge is that, as much as we would love to blame the volvo driver, we tend to kill ourselves by ourselves. Have a look at the statistics. A huge percentage of fatal motorcycle accidents are single vehicle.

That's irrelevant when you're talking about whether or not to "blame the Volvo driver" (also, you haven't compared it to other vehicle-type crashes.)

In cases involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists, the statistics are the same: car/truck/bus drivers are at fault in the vast majority of crashes with them. But it's much easier to blame the victim, and cast pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles as "reckless" and supposedly completely unaware of the danger they face.

Comment: Would you buy a $75 PC from Walmart? (Score 1) 85

by SuperBanana (#47251591) Attached to: Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

TLDR version: "Big Box Store" bikes are not a metric for what a bicycle "costs", and cheap bicycles have high operating expenditures. Why not spend more on capital expenditures (the purchase), take less trips to the bike store for repairs, and have a nicer bicycle to boot?

BBSBs are the bane of every bike mechanic, because 1)their owners have extremely unrealistic expectations in terms of cost of labor and parts (ie: "I paid $75 for this thing, you want $50 to replace this whosamahwhasis?") 2)the components are almost never standard (so parts are not normally stocked, or may not even be available) 3)Everything, and I mean everything, is as cheap as can be, and falls apart, so they're 'frequent fliers.' The cables and housings are weak and made of poor, incompatible metals so they stretch making proper adjustment difficult, and corrode the second water even comes near them. The bearings are poorly sealed (ditto on water) and substandard (so they fail quickly.)

I know shops that pretty much point-blank refuse to even work on such bikes. Just the overhead of all the extra time explaining to the customer why they have to pay "so much" sometimes puts a shop into the red on that particular transaction.

The bicycle industry is full of competition. There are three major component manufacturers, dozens of frame builders, and more than three major distributors of parts and bikes in the US. In my city I can name about twelve bicycle shops within a 4 mile radius of me, and each one of them stocks at least half a dozen brands. If you think the bike industry is a "ripoff", then by all means, start your own component, framebuilding, distributor, or retail business and "do everyone else in."

  The problem is that bicycles are considered toys, and as such: people pump $60 of gas into the tank of their car that they're paying $400/month for a loan plus at least $100/month to insure....and then go to the local bike store and whine and bitch and moan about the price tag on a $400 bicycle that will last them years of commuting...

Comment: Re:Too expensive for the goofiness (Score 1) 85

by SuperBanana (#47251319) Attached to: Shawn Raymond's Tandem Bike is Shorter Than Yours (Video)

"Stuff that is a relatively minor obstacle for a larger wheel is going to outright stop this bicycle."

Larger wheels do not make obstacles "easier", at least when it comes to anything you'll encounter while riding on paved or hardpack surfaces like this tandem is intended for.

What matters is tire load, thickness, and inflation pressure.

Comment: It's written in by hand (Score 5, Insightful) 142

The slip's form fields align with a credit card, but that doesn't mean the waitstaff can't write it in by hand. Impressions just made it faster, and gave some limited proof of "card presence."

Also, why would you eat at PF Changs? PF Chang's is for people too afraid (to be polite) to step into the local Asian restaurants. It's overpriced low-to-mid-tier produce/meat with a sauce that came out of a can. If you're lucky, that can says "PF Changs teriyaki sauce", not "Sysco teriyaki sauce."

I once ate there and the waiter actually felt it necessary to tell us that "soy sauce is like salt for chinese food."

Stop eating at chain restaurants. They suck - the food's bad, they run the local non-chains out of business - and they prey upon people who want bland consistency. Live a little. Support the local economy. Etc.

Comment: Xprivacy (Score 4, Informative) 249

by SuperBanana (#47215357) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Install XposedFramework: ...then the Xprivacy module.

This isn't a great option for many, however, as you need root access. It does give you extremely fine-grained control over permissions, and includes options like randomizing (on each boot) the garbage data returned to apps to keep them happy.

Xposed is great; the GravityBox module, for example, has a ton of interesting and useful functions, like setting your cellular radio to 2G when connected to wifi, a mode to have an increasing ring, a network speed indicator, etc.

While I'm plugging Android software I use: the F-Droid open source repository is full of nice stuff (like AdAway.)

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